How to Fix the iPad Stuck in Boot Loop Issue in Steps

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Updated On Apr 19, 2023 Published On Dec 21, 2021 iPad

The iPad that is stuck in the boot loop is a problem that can be caused by a number of issues, but it always presents the same way.

Your iPad keeps restarting on its own, but never gets to the Home Screen: you see an Apple Logo flash on the screen only for the reboot to start again.

The worst thing about this kind of reboot loop is that sometimes you may even be unable to restore the device in iTunes.

When you attempt a restore, you encounter and iTunes error code. But while you may be unable to use your iPhone, the situation is not completely hopeless.

As a matter of fact, there are several troubleshooting solutions that may be able to resolve an iPad stuck in boot loop issue. Here, we will share you the most effective of these solutions.

If You Are Enable to Get Access Into Your iPad

Hard Reset iPad

The first thing you want to do when an iPad is in a boot loop is to try and gain access to the Home Screen.

A hard reset is the best way to try and do that and once you have access to the device's settings, you can then take the steps to make sure the problem doesn't occur again.

Here's how to force restart the different iPad models in the market:

iPads with Face ID: Press and release the Volume Up button very quickly, press and release the Volume Down button quickly and then press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo appears and the device boots up.

Hard Reset iPad with Face ID

iPads with a Home Button: Press and hold both the Top button and the Home Button at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until the Apple Logo appears and the device boots up normally.

Hard Reset iPad with a Home Button

Clean the Charging Port on your iPad

You should also check the charging port of the iPad for any dust or dirt that may be present. Before doing so, remove the case if you have one.

If there is any dirt on the port, clean it out using a gentle brush before attempting to charge the device.

Remove and re-seat the SIM Card

Sometimes the SIM card is not sitting properly in the SIM Tray, a situation that can cause all sorts of issues. it is therefore a good idea to check the positioning of the SIM Card. Here's how to do that:

  • Step 1: Power off the iPad if it is not already off.
  • Step 2: Then use a SIM removal tool or a paperclip to access the SIM tray.
  • Step 3: Remove the SIM card and then put it back, taking care to ensure that the SIM card is properly placed.
  • Step 4: Push the SIM tray back on to its slot and then turn the device back on.

Apply an iPad System Repair Software

If you are still unable to get your iPad to stop rebooting, you may be dealing with a corrupt operating system. Fortunately, with the TinyFix System Repair tool, you can very easily fix a corrupt system and end the boot loop.

TinyFix is so easy to use, you don't need any technical expertise to use it and it is also one of the best solutions for iOS and iPadOS stuck issues. It supports all iPad models, running all versions of iPadOS.

Here's how to use it to fix an iPad that keeps rebooting:

Step 1: Download, install and then launch the TinyFix and connect the iPad to the computer.

Step 2: Click on the "iOS System Repair" then select "Standard Mode" mode to try and repair the device without causing data loss.

Step 4: Select the latest version on the iPadOS firmware package to facilitate the repair of the device and then click "Download" to start downloading it.

Step 5: Click on the Fix Now button to begin repairing the iPad.

 main screen of TinyFix

Get iPad into Recovery Mode to Reinstall System

You can also fix an iPad that keeps rebooting by putting it into recovery mode and restoring it in iTunes. This solution is very popular because it is very effective.

Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and then follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open iTunes or Finder on macOS Catalina and later.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and then put the device in recovery mode. Here's how to put your iPad in recovery mode:

  • iPads with Face ID: Press and then quickly release the Volume Up button, press and then quickly release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  • iPads with Home Button: Press and Hold both the Home and the Top Buttons at the same time until the Connect to iTunes logo appears on the screen.

Put the iPad  in Recovery Mode

Step 3: iTunes will offer you the option to "Update" or "Restore" the iPad. Choose "Update" and iTunes will attempt to install the latest version of iPadOS.

If an update doesn't work, choose "Restore" and iTunes will factory reset the device.

restore ipad in recovery mode

Can You Temporary Access to the Apps and Home Screen of iPad?

If your iPad keeps restarting, but allows you temporary access to the apps and the home screen, you can attempt the following troubleshooting solutions.

Update the Apps 

It is also not uncommon for a certain app to be causing all the problem. In this case, the best thing to do is to update the app in the App Store. Here's how to do it:

  • Step 1: Tap on the App Store app to open it.
  • Step 2: Tap on your profile icon and choose "Update All."
  • If your device is running iOS 12 and below, tap on "Updates" tab at the bottom to update the apps on your device.

Reset All Settings on your iPad

You can also try to reset all settings on your iPad. This will reset to default every setting on your device including notifications, alerts, clock settings including wake up alarms and brightness.

Personalized and customized settings like wallpapers and accessibility settings will also be reset.

To do this, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

While it can be very effective in removing conflicting settings, this action will not affect any of the personal data on your device.

Disable Background Refresh

Turning off background refresh may also be very useful in this instance. Just go to Settings > General > Background App refresh and switch off.

Check for Battery Issues

Since your iPad can get stuck on a boot loop because of battery issues, you might want to check for batter issues just to make sure.

Luckily, there is a handy way to check the battery health of your iPad in the device's settings. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health where you will find "Maximum Capacity, Peak Performance and Optimized Battery Charging."

If you see anything other than normal under "Peak Performance" read the message below it to learn more about what to do to improve the battery health for your device. If you determine that the battery performance is degraded, you may need to replace the battery.

Final Fix: Contact Apple Genius to Help You Out

Have you tried all the solutions above but your iPad is still stuck in a boot loop? You should schedule an appointment at an Apple Store where a technician will be able to diagnose the problem and offer you solutions.

Apple technicians are qualified to fix both hardware and software issues and may be able to find a problem you may have previously overlooked.

They are particularly better placed to fix hardware issues including replacing any hardware components that need to be replaced.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or Android device or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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